Welcome to the Caterpillar Cross Stitch 'Stitcher of the Month' competition for May 2019 where the winner will come away with a £20 gift voucher! I love this community we've built together and I want to showcase the personality and story of a special stitcher each month.
Every one of you is so valued and I want to recognise and celebrate your contributions through this monthly giveaway. On the first day of every month, I'll ask for your nominations. You can nominate yourself or someone else.
Simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, email address and include a photo of some recent stitching. Don't hold back! Let us hear about your personality, background and experience with stitching. Where you're from, how you started stitching and why you love it!
The winner will receive a £20 Caterpillar Cross Stitch gift voucher and have their work shared on social media, our website and in the next email! At the end of each month, the Caterpillar Cross Stitch team will pick one winner based on the set criteria: creativity, interesting story, enjoyment and passion for cross stitch and overall impression. The winner will be contacted by email and will be interviewed for our blog and social media channels.
And now on to our WINNER for May 2019!... Congratulations Cindi!
Cindi says: Hi, I'm 43 and a mom of 5 kids; 4 girls and a boy. I'm a fairly busy mom as you can imagine, two of my children are on the spectrum as well. So, between that and working as a cook at my youngest children's school, I'm pretty busy!
I've been stitching since I was about 10 years old. I remember bugging my older sister to buy me a kit of ornaments one Christmas at Michaels. She finally relented but I hated it! I just couldn't get it and didn't understand how to read the chart so I put it away. LOL. Finally a year later, I pulled it back out and voila! It wasn't pretty or perfect but I did it! I stitched some more projects as a teenager but stopped when things got too busy. I am back stitching again now the kids are older!
I've included a project that's dear to my heart along with the original. Meramec Heights school is what has saved my kids education. I hold this school in very high regards and I work there because the district is fantastic and this school is just amazing! The school helped turn my failing, autistic child no one paid attention to, into a straight-A student who is going to graduate in 2 years!
They have a slogan - their kids are 'Meramec Made'. I made this for their wall of hand prints (of kids that have passed through there). My daughter who will be leaving soon wanted to give them something so I worked day and night trying to get this cross stitch piece just right. I had some help as it wasn't easy, but its done and we will be giving it to the school here in a few weeks!
I've also been teaching my 11 year old to cross stitch. She's showing quite a crafty side and we just have to find her niche! My mother passed from breast cancer 3 years ago this May and my sister is a 7 year survivor as of March 2019. So for my next project, I'm going to design a pattern and make it for my sister. I enjoy stitching for others as much as I do for myself and I also enjoy watching other people's projects take life - it makes me happy!
If you would like to join nearly 3,000 stitchers in the Facebook group, please click HERE. Well done Cindi, your £20 Caterpillar Cross Stitch gift voucher is on its way to you!
Thank you for all of your wonderful entries - it was tough to pick a winner as they were all so lovely to read with some amazing stitching shown! Nominations are now open for our June Stitcher of the Month - I can't wait to see them!